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Your new favorite way to cross SE Powell is open (photos)

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
The SE 17th Avenue bridge over Powell has
a wide new multi-use sidewalk.
(Photo by Howard Draper.)

Inner southeast Portland's summer of detours is finishing with an early Christmas present: great big human-friendly new crossings of Powell Boulevard and the nearby railroad tracks at SE 17th.

The new bridge, built by TriMet as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project, opened to traffic Aug. 30. Last weekend, bike user Howard Draper grabbed the photo at right, so we decided to head over and take a look.

It's an improvement in many ways, though there are a couple problematic features worth considering.

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UPDATED: 'Outer Powell' project gets $4.9 million for street safety improvements

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
People walking - SE Powell at 93rd-1
Walking on SE Powell Blvd is set to get easier thanks to funding recently approved by the Oregon Legislature.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Bike lanes coming to outer SE Powell: A missed opportunity?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
ODOT's cross-section for a $5.5 million repaving and "safety" project on SE Powell Blvd.

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A cycle track on SE Powell? ODOT wants your feedback

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Riding conditions on SE Powell: We
can do much better.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Next summer, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin construction on a $5.5 million project to rebuild SE Powell Blvd between SE 111th and 174th. The plans call for a host of changes, including a new widened shoulder for bicycle access. How exactly that shoulder is used, and what type of bike facility ends up on it, will be one of the main topics up for discussion at an open house this Wednesday.
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Man riding bike found at fault in sidewalk collision with PPB officer - UPDATED

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Last night a 22-year-old Southeast Portland man riding a bicycle and a Portland Police criminalist driving an official vehicle were involved in a collision on SE Powell Boulevard.

Photo from the scene by reader Joe Doebele.

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